News 2016

Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant 2016

12 May 2016
Grace Taylor photograph by Louise Tu'u
Grace Taylor photo by Louise Tu'u

Warmest congratulations to Grace Taylor who was awarded the 2016 Auckland Mayoral Writers grant for City of Undone Darlings at the Auckland Central Library on Thursday 5 May.

MKWC has been very fortunate to have Grace involved in the Poetry Project as a facilitator and a poet, with a shared value of bringing poetry to the people. She is a fulltime practicing poet and performer and has been producing, mentoring and facilitating workshops and spoken word poetry programmes since 2007.

In this round, fifty five writers put forward proposals for the award. Entries were diverse and of a high standard. All were reviewed by expert external assessors. Their recommendations informed the mayor’s decision.

The citations were:

Grace Taylor – City of Undone Darlings

(Poetry collection intended for publication in paperback and as an ebook, and for performance)

The assessors agreed that all three shortlisted finalists were outstanding candidates for the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant demonstrating heart and talent. There was universal enthusiasm among the assessors for Grace Taylor’s proposal to evoke the social landscape of Auckland through five diverse and credible characters presented with humour and affection.

Louise Tu’u – Magdalena of Mangere (Script for theatre / film)

The assessors agreed that all three shortlisted finalists were outstanding candidates for the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant demonstrating heart and talent. They highly commended Louise Tu’u’s proposed script ‘Magdalena of Mangere’ for its ambitious reach and its fresh and imaginative perspective.

 Professor Tony Watkins – Taurere: A history of Karaka Bay (Non-fiction)

The assessors agreed that all three shortlisted finalists were outstanding candidates for the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant demonstrating heart and talent. They highly commended the scope and range of the ideas in Professor Tony Watkins’ proposal, and the originality of its emphasis on looking back at the history of Taurere Karaka Bay in order to look forward.